Stephen Dickson is a pharmacist living in Glasgow. He is a superintendent pharmacist for 4 pharmacies – that means he provides advice on safety and clinical questions to the pharmacists he works with.
He got involved in LDN a while back, and has been an advocate of the therapy since meeting people very early on. "I had a friend with a really low immune cell count; no-one knew why it was happening. The doctors had tried everything they could think of to get it back up, to no avail- so I suggested she tried LDN. Remarkably, 2 weeks after starting the LDN her cell count was within normal range"
Although that example is not exactly to do with MS, Stephen says the example proved to him the clinical efficacy.
"It definitely does something - and if people are getting benefit from it, then why not try this? It is a lot less harmful than many of the other drugs used to treat MS. Just don't take it when you are on opiates, and check with your doc or pharmacist first!"
"We fully support the trials that are getting underway - the faster we get double-blind placebo controlled studies, the faster everyone can get LDN on the NHS!"
Stephen is currently renovating an old house, running a church youth group and is also starting a new business - using fingerprint technology to safely identify patients.
Stephen said "Basically in my spare time - I sleep!"
Dr Mark Mandel is a registered pharmacist who specializes in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), pain management and the treatment of chronic health conditions with Natural Pharmaceutical Alternatives and Complementary Medicine (CAM). He has been a proponent of LDN since 2007, counsels patients and clinicians from around the world on its uses and potential benefits and compounds LDN is a variety of forms and strengths. He is the owner and president of Mark Drugs Roselle, a Compounding Pharmacy located in Roselle IL and the co-owner of Mark Drugs Northshore located in Deerfield, IL. Mark is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy (1983) and completed his Doctorate of Pharmacy at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL in 2007. He is the host of the weekly radio health show, “The Dr and the Pharmacist”, which airs at 10 am central time, on Saturday mornings on WYLL AM 1160 and may be heard online at www.1160hope.com.
Mark has been a preceptor for pharmacy students from all over the USA since the 1990s and has educated hundreds of student pharmacists on the topics of CAM, Compounding and Durable Medical Equipment.
Mark speaks regularly to physicians, pharmacists, nursing and community groups, providing insights on how Natural Pharmaceutical Alternatives and Prescription Compounding can enhance patient care and Quality of Life.
Mark believes, when possible, in approaching patient care from a “ground up” point of view; that traditional medicine alone tends to treat chronic illness with a band-aid approach rather than going after the real culprit, the source of the problem.
Mark believes that many chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes, intestinal and gastric problems can be ameliorated and potentially eliminated by complementing allopathic medicine with combinations of natural pharmaceutical alternatives and lifestyle changes that are easy to use, safe and effective.
Mark lives in Schaumburg with Sarah, his wife of over 30 years. They have three daughters, Rachel, Rebecca and Shannon and grandchildren, Clara and Danny.